How to Authorize Your Mac to Play Apple Music

Aug 7, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Authorize Your Mac to Play Apple Music

Are you unable to play songs from the Apple Music or iCloud Music library on your Mac? If so, are you getting a specific error stating that your computer is not authorized when you try to play something? This is an issue you may run into when you start listening to Apple Music on a new Mac or even Windows PC.

The Music app on the Mac automatically logs you in with the Apple account that you initially used to set it up. While this is good enough for you to browse and stream Apple Music content, you won’t be able to play music that you purchased from iTunes and songs that are stored in your iCloud Music Library. This is because you need to first add your Mac to the list of authorized devices that can play content from your library.

If you’re looking to get rid of this error, you must authorize your Mac to play Apple Music to resolve the issue.

How to Authorize Your Mac to Play Apple Music

Before you go ahead and try to authorize a Mac, make sure you’ve updated your computer to the latest version of macOS. Here’s what you need to do once you’re done:

  1. Launch the stock Music app on your Mac to get started.

    How to Authorize Your Mac to Play Apple Music
  2. Next, make sure the Music app is the active window and then click on “Account” from the menu bar to proceed.

    How to Authorize Your Mac to Play Apple Music
  3. This will bring up.a dropdown menu where you’ll have access to a lot more options. Click on “Authorizations” to continue.

    How to Authorize Your Mac to Play Apple Music
  4. Now, select the option “Authorize This Computer”.

    How to Authorize Your Mac to Play Apple Music
  5. Doing this will bring up a tiny pop-up window within the Music app. You’ll be prompted to sign in with your Apple account. The in the password and click on “Authorize” to confirm.

    How to Authorize Your Mac to Play Apple Music
  6. Now, you’ll get a message on your screen saying that your Mac has been authorized. You’ll also be shown how many devices you’ve authorized to play iTunes content in total.

    How to Authorize Your Mac to Play Apple Music

There you go. It’s that easy to authorize your Mac and there’s nothing to worry about as long as you have access to your Apple account.

Once authorized, your Mac will not only have access the content that’s available on Apple Music, but also the music that you purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store along with all the songs that you’ve added to your iCloud Music Library.

Some users may fail to authorize their Macs since they’ve reached the limit for the maximum number of authorized computers. You’re only allowed to have 5 authorized computers at any given time. Therefore, if you get this error, you’ll need to deauthorize all your other computers first before you can authorize your Mac. Note that you can only do this once a year.

You cannot exactly select the computers that you want to deauthorize from your Mac. But, once deauthorized, you can still reauthorize the other computers that you still use and need by following the steps above. The procedure is fairly similar on Windows PCs as well, except that you’ll be using iTunes instead of the Music app.

Hopefully, you were able to authorize your Mac easily without having to go through any additional trouble. How many computers have you authorized so far? Share your experiences with us and let us know your personal thoughts and feedback in the comments section down below.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks

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